Penn State @ Purdue: Preview and Prediction

Game 5 is here, and the Boilers are facing Penn State at Mackey Arena Wednesday night.

Purdue struggled mightily against a small Illinois team. I mean, they were bad, real bad. Couldn’t play defense, couldn’t score, Illinois ran us out of the building. Illinois is bad too. Penn State is 10-7 and has only won 1 B1G game so far. But, who knows, they will be upset minded coming into Mackey. Maybe it is time for us to lower our expectations for the boys in Gold & Black. Penn State is another winnable game, but which Purdue team will show up? The early season dominating team or the team that has struggled in B1G Ten play? We will find out in about 24 hours.

Now for the lineups:

Projected Penn State Starters:

G- Shep Garner (SO)

G- Josh Reaves (FR)

F- Payton Banks (SO)

F- Brandon Taylor (SR)

C- Jordan Dickerson (SR)

Key Reserves:

G- Devin Foster (SR)

F- Julian Moore (SO)

F- Donovon Jack (SR)

Penn State offers a 7 footer at their starting center spot. They have much more size, so Purdue should match up much better than they did against Illinois. Garner, Taylor and Banks are all averaging over 11 PPG, as they bear the majority of the scoring load. Taylor is a great 3 point shooter, and could have Biggie Chasing him all over.

Projected Starters Purdue:

G- Johnny Hill (SR)

G- Rapheal Davis (SR)

F- Vince Edwards (SO)

F- Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan (FR)

C- AJ Hammons (SR)

Key Reserves:

C- Isaac Haas (SO)

G- PJ Thompson (SO)

G- Dakota Mathias (SO)

G- Kendall Stephens (JR)

G- Ryan Cline (FR)

Purdue struggled against the tiny Illinois team. Penn State being bigger may actually help. If we struggle on defense again, particularly at the Power Forward spot, it might be time to change the lineup to a smaller ball lineup, similar to what last year looked like. AJ should have a great game, but we will need more. Edwards and Davis need to show up. Haas needs to make an impact off the bench. Purdue hasn’t played particularly well lately and, it would be great to see a good start.

Purdue: 67 Penn State: 58

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